Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ is a small succulent that forms attractive rosettes of pointed green leaves with raised pale green stripes and edges and tiny white tubercles. It slowly grows to 20 cm tall and 15 cm wide, producing offsets to form a small clump. The white and green color and its plastic appearance make it look unusual.
This hybrid is quite unstable, and several slightly different clones and growing forms are available.
Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ is a hybrid by the Australian hybridizer David Cumming created from a cross between Gasteria batesiana and Gasteria ‘Old Man Silver’.
How to Grow and Care
Gasterias are often grouped with Haworthias because the plants have similar cultural requirements. Both are attractive, small succulents that can tolerate somewhat more shade than many succulents, making them more suitable as houseplants.
These succulents are susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black spots on the leaves. These result from too much humidity or water on the leaves, but they should not spread too quickly. They have a natural defense mechanism against such fungal attacks, attack the invading organism, and seal off the wounded spot. In general, any place where Haworthia and Aloe thrive will be hospitable to a Gasteria.
Gasterias are small, shallow-rooted, and relatively slow-growing. Therefore, they are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets.